Rabbi Among 3 Arrested For Operating A Mikvah In Buenos Aires

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Argentine police raid a mikvah in the northern part of Buenos Aires, March 22, 2020. (Screen shot from YouTube)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Three members of an Orthodox community in Buenos Aires were arrested for operating a mikvah, or ritual Jewish bath, after Argentina ordered all synagogues closed last Friday as part of a strict crackdown on gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The city’s lead prosecutor, Juan Bautista Mahiques, confirmed to the A24 news channel that a rabbi was among those taken into custody following a police raid Sunday on the Adjut Israel mikvah in the Belgrano neighborhood.

The Argentine Jewish umbrella organization DAIA issued a statement on Monday urging Jewish communities throughout the country to obey the government’s orders.

“When human life is in danger, compliance with civil laws is above all precept,” the statement reads. “The ‘pikuach nefesh’ [principle of saving a life] nullifies all precepts, because what is preserved is human life.”

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Be aware that CCP Communist Chinese Party is paying .50 cents a post to trolls to hit websites and post anti- Trump comments as well as pro China ones. We may have been infected here as well.

  2. GoldeMADine…. We know you’re here under a boxful of IDs pretending you’re an army. You were already told to get out. Y u still here and undermedicated???

  3. I just spoke to a relative that lives there. This is the accurate story:
    It is a women’s Mikvah. There is a neighbor that always complains. So once ‘shelter in place’ took effect and the neighbor saw ladies going in and out and called police and said there is a gathering going on.
    Once the rabbi explained everything, it was all back in order

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